El Chile Slated to Leave Manor Road
Restaurateur Carlos Rivero, owner of El Chile Cafe & Cantina, El Chilito, El Alma, and the Flat Top Burger Shop, announced he's moving his flagship restaurant from Manor Road's busy Restaurant Row to a stretch of South First Street once immortalized in song as the Tex-Mex Mile.
"With so many new and exciting restaurants opening on South First, we think that a familiar face will be a welcome change of pace for South First Street diners," Rivero explained. Designer Joel Mozersky is fast at work transforming the space into El Chile Cafe & Cantina with the projected opening at the end of May. Executive chef Jeff Martinez is in charge of the kitchen and plans to add some new dishes to the El Chile menu once he's at work in a bigger kitchen.
Rivero still has a long-term lease on the restaurant space at 1809 Manor Road and he is considering several concepts for it. "We've considered bringing back the Red House Pizzeria because of requests from the neighborhood, but I'm also seriously considering a Peruvian cafe," Rivero told us yesterday. It seems that sister Maribel Rivero, a recent graduate of the Latin Flavors program at the Culinary Institute of America's San Antonio campus, will be traveling and cooking in South America this summer, researching possible menu items for a new restaurant venture.